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Young. Strong. Spiteful. Vicious. Terrifying.
When it comes to gatecrashers, I’ve seen it all. But now I’m witnessing a new level of violence – fuelled by a blind, searing hatred of everyone and everything.
This disturbing shift is so pronounced, I’m calling these intruders ‘hatecrashers’. This word isn’t in any dictionary. But if we don’t do something now to address this turn for the worse, it’s a word that’ll become all too familiar.
Four on the floor
In the last month, my staff and I handled four 16th birthday parties gatecrashed by thugs eager to injure people and damage property. Had we not controlled these events, both would have happened.
Note that these were ‘dry’ events. Hatecrashers even crash parties where alcohol is not available.
School of (very) hard knocks
When kids go gatecrashing, it’s obvious their parents have no idea where they are. I see the same kids cropping up. And I know they go to some prestigious local schools.
These private schools have huge fees … but for what? I wonder what their families would think of their precious boys as ten of them:
- Smash a gate to splinters.
- Make a huge racket hammering a back fence.
- Wake and terrify elderly neighbours by pounding on their metal garage.
I saw them do all this and more.
There goes the neighbourhood
At another party, my crew worked to secure a smashed back fence while hatecrashers pelted them with bottles, garden stakes, log seats and whatever else they could get their hands on.
In most situations, we don’t know if these streetwise thugs have weapons. While we take every precaution, Police back-up is invariably hard to raise on busy weekends.
Neighbours are suffering and becoming extremely distressed. One rang me to say she was home with three young children and too petrified to move. Another neighbour, also too scared to go outside, messaged me to protest the deafening noise and smashed bottles beyond her bedroom window.
Not a parent in sight
The last party had 140 guests and 25 gatecrashers. Five sneaked in via the back while 20 more hit the front. I’m thankful my experienced staff have the expertise to deal with such unpredictable and volatile situations.
Hatecrashers are not shy, skinny types. Most are two metres tall (or more) and seem to have a ready supply of steroids.
They also have backpacks, hoodies and very likely weapons. They abuse security staff, disrespect parents and destroy all property – inside and out.
When the Police finally arrived at this fracas, they stopped some of these kids and called their parents.
Not one parent picked up the phone.
Not one of these modern-day hoods was charged with anything.
I know for a fact that two gatecrasher gangs prowl Melbourne’s leafy eastern suburbs.
Areas like Malvern, Armadale, Kew, Box Hill North, Burwood and Camberwell are beautiful by day. But if you’re having a teen party, brace yourself for hatecrashers.
Many parents think event security means putting the biggest, ugliest adult out the front. Such traits are no match for a gang of super-fit youths with knives.
These days you need adequate planning, plenty of responsible parents and professional party security.
The video above is a compilation of recent gatecrasher activity.
Sadly, I expect to have more footage, very soon.
Yet if we could legislate to control teen events, our children could party safely.
And the destructive morons could be charged with the new offence of ‘Gatecrasher’.
Read my proposal to see what I mean.
Naomi Oakley, Founder, Safe Partying Australia.
Further reading: http://stonnington-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/stonnington-parents-warned-to-plan-ahead-for-safe-teen-parties/
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Last week I ran a security crew at a family home in a nice suburb.
It was a 14th birthday party with no alcohol.
At 10.30 pm, 20 gatecrashers (aged 15-18) turned up and tried scaling the fences to get in.
My staff chased, stopped and removed them – whereupon they fled down a side street.
Fifty minutes later, they returned: intoxicated, abusive, threatening (and another ten strong).
Hands in pockets, some intimated they were carrying weapons.
One said another carload of thugs was on its way.
They positioned themselves directly across the road from the party and started texting associates.
Once again, my staff did well to negotiate with and remove them.
They kept the party secure, but also called police to be on the safe side.
By the time they arrived, the group had dispersed to a railway station.
Some teenage guests at the party wanted to leave, as they feared the gang would injure or kill them.
My staff managed to assure them they were safe, but you can imagine the mood of what should’ve been a happy event.
It was extremely lucky we’d run a prior safety check on the home, as this had flagged its weak points.
This gang has a history of wrecking events.
Why they’d crash a kid’s party with no alcohol is beyond me.
Nor can I fathom where their parents think they are.
When I speak with teens who live in the area, they agree. It’s well known these fools target parties solely to cause problems.
I’ve no doubt this gang will strike again.
I believe councils must put these kids on notice and create a by-law and fine.
The current offence of Trespass is too weak, which is why it’s seldom used.
Creating the offence of Gatecrasher would provide a deterrent that we greatly need but sorely lack.
Having fines to penalise these troublemakers would help keep guests, my staff (and maybe you and your loved ones) safe.
See my proposal to learn more.
Naomi Oakley, Managing Director, U-NOME Security Communication Specialists.
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The party we covered last night was hard work. First we had to remove four invited guests who’d assaulted someone inside. These guys had been drinking before entering the house.
As we took them out, they threatened us. One said he had a knife; another mentioned a syringe. All four had their hands in their pockets.
Suddenly, one guy punched my staff member in the face while another lunged towards me, hands raised, as if about to assault me too.
As we restrained them and ejected them from the premises, they threatened to come back with 20 more guys. An hour later, they did. We observed them loitering about ten houses away. Fortunately, they didn’t try to enter the party.
This group (aged 13 to 17) began intimidating innocent passers by. One young teenager told me they’d hit someone on the head with a beer bottle.
Then fighting broke out all over the street. Cars had to stop or swerve to avoid hitting bodies. I watched and wondered who’d get hurt and how many vehicles would be damaged.
Twenty minutes later, the local police arrived and made their presence felt. All things considered, they achieved a reasonable result from a very bad situation.
I’m sure the neighbours were terrified. Only when the fighters eventually dispersed did some property owners venture out.
It was amazing: a place so nice during the day turned evil at night. I’ve worked hundreds of events in all different areas, but this one was a shocker – like a disaster movie!
When I spoke with the police, they attributed the area’s problem to a mix of private and public schools and an influx of gangs.
My question is: where do these kids’ parents think they are? It’s just not good enough to blindly accept that little Tommy is ‘going over to someone’s house’.
I firmly believe parents should ask more questions and keep tabs on their children.
Do you agree?
Naomi Oakley, Managing Director, U-NOME Security Communication Specialists.